Monthly Archives: July 2014

Shortcuts Eat Hope and Trust

Perpetual shortcuts can snuff out the light at the end of a tunnel. When a team has been in a consistent culture of survival, it is constantly looking for hope that it will be over soon. The team can lose hope if those compromises, meant to improve the team’s situation, have ever-diminishing returns. When a team loses

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The Biggest Danger of a Shortcut

Shortcuts are compromises to the everyday operations that may eliminate some of the necessary work or costs that can move a team toward a goal. Limited resources and personnel are common reasons to consider a shortcut. It is a calculated risk that is aversive to most people the first time. Shortcuts become most dangerous when they pay

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Short-Term Shortcuts

Shortcuts are tolerated in survival situations because it’s an all or nothing situation for the team. The problem with a shortcut is that it may not pay off in the long run. Teams that are focusing on surviving may sacrifice long-term goals for the short-term. When this becomes a way of life, it is difficult to imagine

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Survival Mode

There are certain points in a season that require a team to do more than they signed up for. Any team that believes in it’s mission can burn the candle at both ends for a certain period of time. The danger occurs when that season is accepted as a way of life. That’s when surviving is the

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A depth chart is an important visual of who is on the team. It’s an organizational chart that shows who can cover a position for a teammate in the case of an absence or injury. What would happen if one of the team members calls in sick or gets hurt? Who would pick up the slack? If

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An Ounce of Prevention…

Teams that rely on equipment should plan to maintain that equipment. That may seem like common sense but unless a maintenance schedule is intentionally put in place, care for equipment becomes out of sight and out of mind. A team is only as good as its preparation.

Take a Break!

Mental work requires a great deal of energy. Just because the mental process isn’t as visible as it’s result doesn’t mean that it is any less taxing than a physical task. Our brains work just like every other organ in our body. Most of us cannot run at the same pace for more than an hour. Why

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Diminishing Returns

We all have a physical limit to what we can accomplish. Every team has to acknowledge that. At the end of the day there will always be more work to do. If a team is working too hard for too long it is in danger of making a busy season evolve into a busy culture. Busy isn’t

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The Law of Entropy

Teams that have rest built into their everyday systems are teams that are built to last. Maintenance is something every team must reckon with. Equipment wears down. Bodies get tired. Minds loose their efficiency as fatigue sets in. Teams can only cheat entropy for so long. Eventually the wheels quite literally begin to fall off the wagon.

Atrophy Versus Learning

Wouldn’t time be better spent improving and learning from trying new things that fail? If that is so, why is it that our teams settle for catching up after a bit of coasting that resulted in problems caused by lazy overconfidence? There is a time to relax but great teams are able to discern when that time

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